Just two days ago, a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire on the congregation which was gathered for Saturday morning prayers. He walked out, under the custody of the police department, after having killed 11 innocent Jewish attendees.
President Trump called the act “evil” but he has consistently refused to condemn white nationalism, racism, or hate of minorities by certain groups.
In a scathing letter to President Trump on Sunday, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh condemned the president and told him that he is no longer welcome in the city.
“For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the letter read. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”
The authors of the letter, which was signed by 11 members of Bend the Arc, then went on to explain to the president why he is not welcome in Pittsburgh. In doing so, they provided him with 4 objectives that he must first accomplish before they would again welcome him back to the city.
The letter, in four subheadings, read, “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you”:
- fully denounce white nationalism.
- stop targeting and endangering all minorities.
- cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.
- commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.
It was just last week that President Trump referred to himself as a “nationalist”, which angered a lot of people and organizations who have condemned white nationalism since the attacks in Charlottesville last year. It is unlikely that Trump will oblige to the request of these individuals.
It is worth noting that this group does not represent the entire community of Pittsburgh, or even the entire Jewish community in Pittsburgh, but it does represent the feelings of many Jewish Americans all over the country.